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Nicola Benz

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Intellectual Property, TMT, Competition, Arbitration, Public Commercial LAw


Nicola’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. She assists technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers. Her expertise, gathered both as an external counsel and through in-house secondments, covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection. Nicola is also the Managing Partner of our firm.


Nicola started her career with Dundas & Wilson in Scotland. She joined Froriep as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2010. She has been qualified in Switzerland since 2005. Nicola is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property in professional publications and listings such as iam250 and Chambers Europe.


Nicola's working languages are English and German.


Nicola is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Technology Law Association (iTechLaw).


Born in Scotland, Nicola obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997.


Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Froriep exhibits particular strength in advising clients from the retail, fashion, healthcare, technology, automotive and media sectors on the whole array of IP right prosecution and enforcement. Meltwater relies on the practice’s strategic advice regarding its global trade mark portfolio and the group also represented Christian Louboutin as claimant in an unfair competition court case against two shops in Geneva who allegedly took advantage of the client’s unregistered red-sole trade mark in Switzerland. Bentley Motors and Richemont International are other active clients. Nicola Benz in Zurich is the key partner. Frédéric Serra joined LBM AVOCATS & ASSOCIES SA in 2018.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Froriep’s Nicola Benz in Zurich regulalrly advises on intellectual property matters and has deep knowledge of the TMT sector.

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Within: TMT

Froriep’s TMT group is ‘extremely responsive’, ‘delivers work on time’ and primarly advises on technology transactions, data protection, cyber security, outsourcing, IP and media rights, telecommunication regulations, licensing and contractual matters. Highlight work included representing Scytl Secur Electronic Voting in negotiations with Swiss Post regarding a software development venture and advising a foreign telecoms provider on regulatory issues, data protection and consumer rights regarding its market entry in Switzerland. The ‘efficient and approachableNicola Benz provides ‘competent and practical advice on data protection matters’.

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